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TV Series Review

What makes drama …dramatic?

Is it the tangible tension? The murky mystery? The seat-squeezing suspense?

Well, whatever your answers to those questions, the halls of the ER at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center have plenty of drama that Just. Won't. Quit.

A Cornucopia of Characters in Close Quarters

In any close-quartered working environment, crazy things are bound to happen. And in a frenetic Windy City hospital, things definitely happen—especially given this show's epic ensemble cast.

Dr. Connor Rhodes, office hunk and resident hothead, strives to prove his worth in that demanding environment by taking on the wildest medical challenges—even if it means stepping on lots of surgical slipper-clad toes to get there. He once dated Robin Charles, a brilliant-but-hyperactive epidemiologist and daughter of the head of psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Charles (who struggles with depression himself).

Another resident, Dr. Natalie Manning, is a new mother and a new widow, having recently lost her husband, Jeff, while he was on active military duty. She thought she found love again with a fellow resident, Dr. Will Halstead, but their relationship has since hit the skids.

Meanwhile, nurse April Sexton has a big heart for her patients, always wanting what's best for them. That virtue occasionally gets her in trouble, though. However, that's nothing compared to the turmoil churned up by her sometime romance with third-year resident Dr. Ethan Choi.

Now, in a normal drama, you might think that was enough characters to fuel years of conflict-filled episodes. But if you've ever watched a hospital show before, you know that we're just getting started.

We Need a Relational Infusion, Stat!

Dr. Isidore Latham is an excellent surgeon who trains Dr. Connor Rhodes in the area of cardiothoracic surgery, although he is not always particularly fond of him. Newcomer Dr. Ava Bekker arrived at the outset of Season 3. Watch out Robin: This spunky, forceful, ambitious doc may be out to steal Connor's heart—and, if not that, at least his patients (and patience).

Finally, tough and experienced former charge nurse Sharon Goodwin now serves as Chief of Services for Chicago Med. And current charge nurse Maggie Lockwood runs a tight ship; any miscreants who raise a ruckus in her ER will have to deal with her.

Grit, grime and gore in the ER

Chicago Med may not be quite as saucy and provocative as we’ve seen in medical shows such as Grey's Anatomy (a series that has outlived most of its patients by now). But that's not to say Chicago Med receives a clean bill of health.

Language issues are our first pathogen here, including "d--n," "a--" and an occasional s-word (in the uncensored version we streamed on Hulu). With regard to sexual content, we hear verbal allusions to it, see couples kissing and occasionally glimpse scantily clad women in lingerie.

Perhaps more problematic, albeit in a different category, is how graphic this show is. The ER can be a bloody, gruesome place, and the camera spares little when it comes to showing us people's injuries as well as giving us a front-row seat for wince-inducing surgical procedures. To top it off, the show also deals with tough, real-world issues, such as rape, assisted suicide, schizophrenia and drug use.

So even if it's not as salacious as some of its peers, Chicago Med can still be a pretty messy way to spend an evening.

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Episode Reviews

Feb. 27, 2019: "Old Flames, New Sparks"
Chicago Med: Nov. 17, 2017 "Trust Your Gut"

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Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead; Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton; Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning; Rachel DiPillo as Dr. Sarah Reese; Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes; Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi; S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin; Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles; Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood; Norma Kuhling as Dr. Ava Bekker; Eddie Jemison as Dr. Stanley Stohl; Ato Essandoh as Dr. Isidore Latham; Roland Buck as Dr. Noah Sexton.

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